Maryland Adds ACC Transfer to 2020 Roster
A big surprise was listed on Maryland’s roster on Tuesday as the Terps nabbed a transfer from a familiar name.
Maryland has added N.C. State defensive end transfer Joseph Boletepeli to their 2020 football roster. The 6-foot-4, 262-pound defensive lineman was initially set to transfer to West Virginia and announced his decision last month, but the longstanding interest from the Terps kept them in play. Boletepeli has been enrolled with the program for a week.
Maryland had pursued the North Carolina native out of high school as he built a relationship with the prior staff, but the holdover relationship built with then-assistant Brawley Evans built the strong foundation for the relationship. That came in handy when Boletepeli announced he had entered the transfer portal back on January 21 as Maryland began showing steady interest.
In an offseason filled with uncertainty, Boletepeli gives the Terps more certainty at defensive end as he joins Lawtez Rogers, Sam Okuyainonu and Anthony Booker off the edge. The hope and expectation is that Boletepeli will be eligible for the upcoming 2020 season as a redshirt sophomore.
A three-star recruit out of Heritage (NC) High School in the 2018 class, Boletepeli saw action in three games as a true freshman at NC State before transferring. The edge rusher also saw time in six games in 2019 as he totaled eleven tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss. Out of high school, Boletepeli totaled over 200 career tackles, 60 tackles for loss and 21 sacks under coaches Dewayne Washington, Torry Holt and Willie Parker.
You can follow us for future coverage by clicking "Follow" on the top righthand corner of the page. Also, be sure to like us on Facebook & Twitter:
Facebook - SI All Terrapins
Twitter - @SIAllTerrapins